Child and Youth Care Worker

When you enroll in the Child and Youth Care Program, you will complete a comprehensive course of study that includes over 700 hours of class time and 120 hours of practical training in a designated child or youth setting. You will learn important aspects of normative and non-normative development as you focus on treatment and prevention modalities for at-risk children and youth.

You receive individualized service and specialized training as a result of our manageable class sizes. You will be in a friendly, supportive learning environment with trained personable support staff to offer assistance.

Your program will have an emphasis on four important areas in child and youth care: Developmental Psychology, Professional Practice, Support Modalities and Practical Experience. In each course, you will receive knowledge-based education and mentorship from your experienced, qualified instructors.

When you graduate from the Child and Youth Care Program, you will demonstrate competence in intervention, communication, activity planning, and cultural diversity. You can then go on to find employment in a variety of settings including youth drop-in centres, alternate, mainstream, and after-school programs, alcohol and drug prevention programs, youth-at-risk and outreach programs, teen pregnancy centres, special needs programs, and other places of employment that provide services for children and youth.

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Sprott Shaw College Child and Youth Care Worker Diploma Program will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human development and the factors that may affect development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s role and responsibilities in terms of legal and ethical standards
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s scope of practice for British Columbia
  • Demonstrate professionalism and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively and professionally with clients and other professionals in the field
  • Apply knowledge and skill when working with children and youth in a variety of settings

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
880 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
42 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals)
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80)
Domestic Students:
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the
    English Entrance Assessment
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the
    Math Entrance Assessment
International Students:
  • International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified.
  • International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options:
    • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
    • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 70, OR
    • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools. TB Test Clearance Report, and Completion of a Criminal Record Check; International: IELTS 6.0 or Equivalent
Diploma Requirements:
  • Overall average of 70%
  • Must pass every course in the program by the minimum required mark of 60%
* Child and Youth Care Worker was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
880 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
42 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Our advisors are happy to answer any questions.

Courses List

This 42 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • MS Office Certification
  • MS Office Word editing, layout, templates, styles and
    sections, mail merge, tables, charts and desktop publishing

  • MS Office Certification
  • Plan, edit and manage worksheets (formulas/functions)

  • Increase sensitivity to and understanding of others by becoming other-oriented
  • Develop effective means of communication - listening, attending, paraphrasing, providing feedback and understanding of perceptions

• 120 hour practicum (4 weeks)

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is completed during this component

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
880 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
42 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Our advisors are happy to answer any questions.

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